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for shelter. they've been out with us all morning and we thank them. it's awfully nice of them. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith is taking a little time off, although meredith wouldn't be here at this time. and al roker and natalie's inside. we'll check with her in a second. >>> coming up this half hour, a tragic story in south florida. after partying out on the town on new year's -- or celebrating the new year -- 26-year-old paula sliduski was never seen again. her body actually found in a dumpster in north miami. we're going to hear from her sister and get the latest on the investigation in just a couple of minutes. >> very sad. >>> on another note, earlier this morning, we heard from richard heene, the father of the so-called balloon boy. he made some very strong statements and surprising statements in his remarks to you, matt. so, we're going to hear what he had to say before he begins his jail sentence. basically, he says that there are others who lied, that he -- >> the entire sheriff's department he says lied. he says the sheriff lied and everybody that cre
're already taking stuff off of it. >> they are. >> but they're using the wood for the habitat for humanity home. so at least it's going to a good cause. >> that's good. in the past they've grind them up and used the wood chips for camps for underprivileged children and stuff like that. so, there's a social conscience out here on the plaza. >> not just a pretty tree. >> exactly right. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer with natalie morales and al roker. >>> coming up, people say in the new year, i'm going to change my life, do things for the better. and the advice we're going to give you today is don't bite off more than you can chew. it's the small changes that you make over the next couple months and years that can really help you, and they won't set you up for failure the way the big things you attempt to do will. >> absolutely. >> so we'll talk about that in just a little while. >>> also, a lot of couples may be re-evaluating their relationship because of all these recent scandals, cheating scandals in the news these days, with the tiger woods drama. giving couples food for thought. so, i
to an attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner. full-body scanners could be one answer. wh can they detect and what do they reveal? this morning, a live demonstration right in our studio. >>> meat locker. below-zero temperatures in three entire states overnight, north dakota, south dakota and nebraska, as dangerous snow and ice push into the entire eastern half of the country. >>> and falcon's flight. nbc news has obtained never-before-seen video of the infamous balloon boy incident. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> and despite his guilty plea, balloon boy dad richard heene says it wasn't a hoax. a live, exclusive interview with him today, friday, january 8th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. there's been a lot of talk about these full-body scanners, specifically after this attempted christmas day bombing, and what these scanners might be able to do to preve
used to do it because i used to cover it for wnbc. and, wow! >> you did it as a professional. >> as a job. you had to pay me to go there. >> you know, it's funny, you saw all the smiling faces last night. yet, considering all that happened in the last year -- the recession, swine flu, two wars, away from home. i would imagine there are a lot of people who are not real sorry to put 2009 behind them. >> i think -- the president may northbound that category as well. in 2009 he learned firsthand but the challenges that come with that title of president. and there are sure to be more trying times now that the calendar has flipped to 2010. we're going to get into all of that in a moment. >>> also ahead, as matt mentioned, the economy certainly not worth celebrating in 2009. millions of americans still are struggling to find work. what does the new year hold? cnbc's jim cramer shares his outlook. >>> also having some fun looking back at the lighter momentsf 2009 and looking ahead to what we might expect this year out of the hollywood industry and also the music industry. what to loo
bombing of northwest airlines flight 253. we are now learning that u.s. border security officers were already planning to question the accused bomber when he landed in detroit. apparently, they had become worried about him after that plane took off from amsterdam. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on this. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. senior aides say that would have been standard procedure for border and customs officials based on the suspect's appearance on that terror database, but obviously would have been too late to stop this plot. meanwhile, today the president's top terror adviser releases his report on what the president has called a potentially catastrophic screw-up by the u.s. government. one day after 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted for attempting to blow up a detroit-bound passenger jet, the president's top terror adviser will unveil his findings on how it happened, a detailed, unclassified outline of where the nation's intelligence system broke down. the president's national security adviser
in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. >>> and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. >>> also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan
. >> you can come visit us anyway, joel, any time. >> all right. thanks. >> joel, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> teach you to mess with a coach. >> that's right, exactly. >>> let's get a check of the morning's top stories from ann curry over at the news desk. ann? >> i say we bring him anyway. >> yeah. >> thanks a lot, you guys. >>> in the news this morning, everybody -- good morning, once again -- aides say president obama will acknowledge the frustration of the american people when it comes to the economy in his state of the union address tonight. he is also expected to outline tax breaks for small businesses in an effort to lower the nation's 10% unemployment rate. earlier on this broadcast, white house press secretary robert gibbs said the president will also explain why he will not abandon his bid for health care reform. nbc news will cover the president's state of the union address live beginning at 9:00 eastern time tonight. >>> toyota is still trying to figure out what's causing gas pedals to stick on some of its most popular vehicles. it's already announced a massive r
to praise him but he used what the president calls inartful language. >> that's right. reid's remarks were revealed in a book called "game change" that also delves a lot into the mccain/palin campaign, including claims that john mccain's aides had serious questions about sarah palin's mental stability and that she was not senator mccain's first choice for a running mate. we're going to talk to the senator about it all in just a moment. >>> also, it is bonus season on wall street, but it seems the only people happy about that are the people receiving those bonuses. take a look at some of these numbers. the average payout for a jpmorgan chase employee, $463,000. goldman sachs, $595,000. both banks, you'll remember, were bailed out by taxpayer money. and again, those are the averages. some executives at these companies are going to get millions and millions of dollars. so, what, if anything, can the government do about all this? we're going to have much more on that, coming up. >>> plus, the latest on the late-night shuffling going on here at nbc. jay leno and conan o'brien had a lot to say a
's presidential election, and for its part, iran is blaming the u.s. and israel for the bombing. >>> today, the president and first lady are attending the funeral of vice president joe biden's mother. jean biden, who once said to the vice president, "joey, you are not better than anyone else, but nobody is better than you," died friday at the age of 92. >>> both president obama and senate majority leader harry reid say that they're ready to put reid's racial remark behind them. on monday, reid publicly apologized for saying during the 2008 campaign that obama was electable because he was light-skinned and did not speak with what reid called a negro dialect. the president brushed it off as being inartful use of language. republicans, however, want reid to step down as majority leader. >>> labor leaders are warning of political consequences if democrats don't drop a proposed tax on high-value health insurance plans. president obama met monday night with the heads of the nation's largest unions and said workers should not be penalized for negotiating strong health benefits. the white house sa
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